Blue Cross Denied Appeal In Suit Over $40M Hospital Deal

By Bryan Koenig (May 15, 2018, 7:09 PM EDT) -- A Rhode Island federal judge on Tuesday refused to let Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island immediately appeal a ruling forcing it to face Steward Health Care System's antitrust suit alleging that the insurer sank a $40 million hospital purchase to keep Steward out of the state.

U.S. District Judge William E. Smith issued a single-paragraph text order concluding that in refusing to toss Steward's lawsuit last month, he did not raise a "controlling question of law" with "substantial ground for difference of opinion" and that an immediate, interlocutory appeal to the First Circuit would not "materially advance the...

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